The year of Country Walks ended with two iconic walks. On 24 May, there were 28 who took a coach to the Seven Sisters on the coast. The white chalk cliffs were stunning! We all felt a sense of accomplishment after climbing all of those hills. The final walk, on 2 June was The Long Walk to Windsor. It was a blustery morning but we were rewarded with the changing of the guard. Thanks to all those who attended throughout the 10 walks, a wonderful group of women!
We are delighted to announce that Judy Murray (Andy & Jamie’s mum) will be at our first meeting on Monday 10th September at Great Fosters. Please do bring friends along, internationals and locals alike are all welcome at our AWBS meetings. She will be signing and selling her bestselling book and is a fabulous speaker!
Our Annual Christmas Luncheon - always sold out as this is very popular - is going to be at Cliveden this year.
It's quite near Christmas, so please put it in your diaries so you don't double book yourself with some kiddies' birthday party or last minute Christmas shopping trip!
More details of this fabulous event to follow ...
For the year just gone, we managed to raise a total of
As most of this money was donated by our fabulous members - YOU - a heartfelt thanks must be given to you all.
This is how we managed to collect such an amazing sum:
Renew your membership before 31 August 2018:
- Be entered into a prize draw for a bottle of prosecco
- Avoid long queues at the first general meeting on September 10th
Over 100 ladies attended our last General Meeting of the AWBS year. Meghan and Harry were there too and many of us took advantage to get a photo with them taken by our very own official Royal Photographer Jo Robbens.
After a good time spent browsing and shopping with our Best of Britain vendors and chatting to friends old and new, we were asked nicely if we would sit down and attend the formal part of the meeting:
What a lovely spring day welcomed us back from the Easter break!
Whether you stayed home or travelled during the break, we are now into the last part of the year and starting to think ahead to our summer break. For some of us this means a final effort in our jobs, for others it is in supporting our children in their exam season: a glass or two will help with the stress (for you, not them!) but for all it is with an eye for the time to regenerate in the Summer.
Marking International Women’s Day, this month’s guest speaker was Peter Barratt, great grandson of a British Suffragette. He told members about his incredible ancestor, with stories of her background, her activities and her frequent incarcerations. Peter brought along various memorabilia, including postcards, press cuttings and her prison diaries.
Born in 1863, Alice Hawkins lived most of her life in Leicester. From a working class background, Alice left school at thirteen to spend her working life as a shoe machinist, in the ‘boot and shoes’.
Apparently, Mr Spock never said "It's life Jim, but not as we know it".
Our guest speaker at our February General Meeting was journalist, private investigator and story teller extraordinaire, Anne Sebba.
She unravelled a tale that showed Wallis Simpson was not the wicked woman we are all supposed to hate.
We began the New Year with an amazing General Meeting! It was fun to see old friends and make new ones while we shopped at our lovely Best of Britain vendors.
Members really enjoyed the meeting at Ascot Race Course -- it was a bright and spacious venue.